Monday, 6 July 2015

Merry Christmas!

Hi Bloggers.

I thought I'd post a Christmas Card today -

As soon as I saw the new Christmas Mini Striplet Dies from Sue Wilson, I just thought that they would look great on a 3 panel card.

For the background, I embossed a piece of Coconut White Card using the Creative Expressions Frosty Swirls Embossing Folder.

I cut just the outside die from the Snowflake Mini Striplet Die Set out of Blue Dusk Card 3 times. I then cut both dies from the set together out of Coconut White Card 3 times and glued the die cut sets together using Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue.

I cut a plain die from Sue's Classic Adorned Design Noble Die Set out of Coconut White Card. At the emboss stage, I added the Snowflake Flurry Mask. I inked through the die with Stonewashed Adirondack Dye Ink using a Smoothie. I cut a plain die from Sue's Lavish Accented Design Noble Die Set out of Blue Dusk Card to form a mat.

I cut Sue's Merry Christmas Die out of Blue Dusk Card and added a 3mm White Pearl and a 5mm White Pearl to the Snowflakes.

I tied a bow out of Blue White American Seam Binding. I cut a snowflake out of Blue Dusk Card using Sue's Snowflakes Die Set and added a 5mm White Pearl.

I assembled the card as shown adding some more 5mm White Pearls to the corners and piercing around the edges using my Tim Holtz Ruler.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Winner of the Freebie Friday Card

Hi Bloggers.

The winner of the Freebie Friday Card from 3rd July is ............

Beryl Treble!

Please email me at juliawattscrafts@gmail.com with your address and I'll pop the card in the post to you.

All for now.

Julia.

Friends

Hi Bloggers.

I found this card from a Justrite show I did and I don't think it has had it's day on the blog so here it is -
I stamped the sentiments and the frame from the Justrite Special Gifts Labels 29 Clear Stamp Set onto Coconut White Card using Jet Black Archival. I cut it out using a Spellbinders Labels 29 die and cut the next sized die die out of Black Card.

For the background, I used some more elements from the same stamp set and stamped them around the edges of a piece of Coconut White Card using Jet Black Archival.

I assembled the card as shown, piercing around the edges with my Tim Hotlz Ruler.

Be sure to pop by later to see if you've won the Freebie Friday Card.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Hope that you have so much fun

Hi Bloggers.

I'm demoing at Strikes Holland Arms Garden Centre today 10 till 4. Please stop by if you're in the area.

Here's today's card -

I started by stamping the sentiment from Phill Martin's Chic Floral Birthday Verses Clear Stamp Set onto Coconut White Card using Cobalt Archival. I cut it out using Spellbinders Decorative Curved Squares and inked through the die with Stonewashed Adirondack Dye Ink using a Smoothie.

For the frame, I dusted a piece of Coconut White Card with my Anti Static Pad and popped it dusted side up onto my rubber mat which was sitting on my pink embossing plate. I inked up the deboss die in Sue Wilson's Classic Adorned Squares Noble Die Set with Clear Perfect Medium. I placed it inked side down onto my dusted card, added the base plate and ran it through the Grand Calibur. I added Phill Martin Cosmic Shimmer Decadent Denim Embossing Powder to the inked deboss design and heat set. I removed the excess mica using a dry wet wipe. I used the 2 dies either side of the deboss die to cut out the frame.

I ran a piece of Coconut White Card through the Grand Calibur with the Creative Expressions Sparkle Squares Embossing Folder. I added 3d Foam Tape to the back of my frame, popped it onto the embossed card and trimmed off the excess. I double 3d Foam'd the sentiment panel and popped it in the centre.

I tied a messy bow using Blue White American Seam Binding and added a Blue Dazzler.

I assembled the card as shown adding some 8mm White Pearls to the corners and piercing around the edges using my Tim Holtz Ruler.

Still waiting for JUNE SMITH to claim her giveaway card from 24th June!

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk

Friday, 3 July 2015

Freebie Friday

Hi Bloggers.

You seemed to love the Giveaway Cards that I did recently so I thought I'd make it a regular thing every Friday. By the way, still waiting for a couple of people to claim their cards so please check back to this post to see if you are a winner.

Here's today's giveaway card -

You read how this card was made here.

Leave a comment below and I'll draw a winner some time on Sunday (5th July).

Creative Expressions have launched some new colours of Foundation Card. I have all the colours in stock on my website here in the Card & Paper Section. I'll be using some of the new colours myself over the next few weeks. I've also added some cut lengths of the lovely Red Two Tone Ribbon that John Lockwood used on this card here and also some of the lovely Solid Satin Centre Band Ribbon that I had on some shows last year. You can find all them here. Lots of other lovely goodies across my webiste - hope you have the time to have a browse.

I'm heading off to North Wales today, up the dreaded M1 and M6 again, for a demo day tomorrow at Strikes Holland Arms Garden Centre, Gaerwen, Anglesey. If you're near there (or not!), please stop by.

All for now.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk

Thursday, 2 July 2015

With very warm wishes

Hi Bloggers.

Here's today's card -

For the background, I used a piece of Coconut White Card and the Spellbinders Decorative Applause 3d Embossing Folder. I cut the card to 6" x 6", spritzed the back of it with water and ran it through the Grand Calibur with the Base Plate & Raspberry Plate. I then inked all over with Dusty Concord Distress Ink using a Smoothie.

I stamped the sentiment from Phill Martin's Chic Floral Birthday Verses onto Coconut White Card using Jet Black Archival. I cut it out using the largest die in the Spellbinders Oval Majesty Die Set and inked through the die with Dusty Concord.

I cut a couple of flowers from Coconut White Card using Spellbinders Romantic Blooms Two, inking through the dies with Dusty Concord. I shaped them a little using a Paper Shaping Tool and a Moulding Mat. I cut some leaves out of Heather Card using the same die set.


I assembled the card as shown adding some 5mm White Pearls and piercing around the edges using my Tim Holtz Ruler.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Smile

Hi Bloggers.

A mix of dies on this one -

For the background, I ran a piece of Coconut White Card through the Grand Calibur with the Creative Expressions Bed of Roses Embossing Folder. I then spread some Polar White Cosmic Shimmer Sparkle Texture Paste over it and put aside to dry.

I dusted a piece of Coconut White Card with my Anti Static Pad and popped it dusted side up onto my rubber mat which was sitting on my pink embossing plate. I inked up the deboss die in Sue Wilson's Classic Adorned Design Noble Die Set with Clear Perfect Medium. I placed it inked side down onto my dusted card, added the base plate and ran it through the Grand Calibur. I dusted Phill Martin Decadent Teal Mica Powder over the inked design. I removed the excess with a very expensive Dry Wet Wipe (lol) and cut out a frame using the 2 dies either side of the deboss die from the same die set.

I cut the Couture Creations Script Smile and Island Flower Border out of Coconut White Card. I pressed Clear Perfect Medium into the die cuts, added Phill Martin Cosmic Shimmer Decadent Teal Embossing Powder and heat set. I added more Perfect Medium, more powder and heat set again.

I cut the Script Smile Die out of Coconut White Card twice more and stacked them up with the embossed die cut, gluing together with Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue.

I made a flower using Spellbinders Flower Play, inking around the edges of the petals with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and following Sue's tutorial here and here. I added Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue and Iced Snow Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels. I cut a couple of leaves out of Coconut White Card using Spellbinders Romantic Vines Dies Set.

I assembled the card as shown adding some 5mm White Pearls, some White Pearl Corners and piercing around the edges using my Tim Holtz Ruler.

I still haven't heard from a few of the winners of my Giveaway Cards. If you commented, please check here to see if you are a winner!

Before I go, I wanted to perhaps leave you with a little giggle. Before we went on holiday, Kathryn came shopping with me for holiday bits & pieces including sun cream. She recommended that I get some Aftersun that had 'tan prolonger' on the pack. Unbeknown to me, said Aftersun actually included self tanning lotion so there's me only lathering it on to my red bits and now I have lots of orange bits which looks particularly odd on my peely patches! I'm hoping it all fades to the same shade soon! lol!

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Happy Anniversary

Hi Bloggers.

Here's today's card -

I cut the largest die in the Spellbinders Triple Floral Die Set out of Lilac Card. At the emboss stage, I added the next sized die in the same set to create a faux pierced edge. I added some Cream Pearl Corners. I cut the largest die in the Spellbinders 6 x 6 Matting Basics A Die Set and added an 8mm Cream Pearl to each corner.

I cut the largest die in the Spellbinders Labels 46 Decorative Elements Die Set out of Milk Card and inked through the die with Milled Lavender Distress Ink using a Smoothie.

I cut the next sized die in the Labels 46 Decorative Elements Die Set out of Lilac Card and added some 5mm Cream Pearls.

I cut the smallest die in the Decorative Labels 46 Set out of Milk Card. I pressed Clear Perfect Medium into it, added some Phill Martin Cosmic Shimmer Decadent Grape Embossing Powder and heat set. I added more Perfect Medium, more powder and heat set again.

I stamped the sentiment from John Lockwood's Flower Hearts Elements Clear Stamp Set onto Milk Card using Plum Archival. I cut it out using the smallest die in the Spellbinders Labels 44 Die Set and inked through the die with Milled Lavender Distress Ink.

I assembled the card as shown piercing around the edges with my Tim Holtz Ruler.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Card Giveaway winners

Hi Bloggers.

Thank you all so much for your comments on the posts while I was away on holiday. Without further ado, here are the winners -

Happy Birthday Giveaway 18th June - utilitygirl
Dream Giveaway 19th June - Lynn Dalby
For Someone Special Giveaway 20th June - Susan Barnes
Love Giveaway 21st June - Janet Hampson
Let's Get Together Giveaway 22nd June - Breezes
Cats Leave Pawprints Giveaway 23rd June - Maria Illsley
Vintage Car Giveaway 24th June - June Smith
Happy Birthday to You Giveaway 25th June - nancyd
I think You're so Special Giveaway 26th June - Hazel Young
Thank You Giveaway 27th June - Granny Sue
Choose Joy Giveaway 28th June - Jackie Trinder

Please email me at juliawattscrafts@gmail.com with your address and I'll get them all in the post.

All for now.

Julia

Enjoy your day and lots of news!

Hi Bloggers.

Today's blog post is a bit of a lengthy one with a pile of newsy bits at the end.

Here's today's card -

The background of this one is always a really popular demo. It's a version of Sue's Fire & Ice Technique but with Mica Powder instead of Gilding Flakes.

I started by cutting the Spellbinders Grate Effect Card Creator die (just the decorative inner die, not the outer frame die) out of Coconut White Card. I used the Spellbinders Tool n One on the back of the die cut to remove the 'hairy bits' that you often get around the edges of the design. I placed a piece of Creative Expressions Double Sided Self Adhesive Sheet on the front of the die cut. On the back, I added Phill Martin Cosmic Shimmer Decadent Grape and Decadent Teal Mica Powders, spreading them all over the sticky areas with a Soft Dusting Brush. I removed as much of the excess Mica Powder as possible and then sealed the whole area with another piece of card. I turned the piece over, removed the other backing sheet from the adhesive and added Cosmic Shimmer Diamond Sprinkles all over.

I made a frame out of Coconut White Card using Spellbinders 6 x 6 Matting Basics B. I laid 3 of the dies on my card and ran them through the Grand Calibur with the emboss sandwich first. I then removed the middle die and ran the remaining 2 dies through the Calibur with the cut sandwich. I cut a mat out of Coconut White Card using the largest die in the Spellbinders 6 x 6 Matting Basics A Die Set.

I stamped the sentiment from John Lockwood's Tulip Elements Stamp Set using Jet Black Archival. I added a small piece of  Creative Expressions Double Sided Self Adhesive Sheet ovet the top, peeled back the top backing sheet and rubbed Cosmic Shimmer Diamond Snow all over. I cut it out using the smallest die in the Spellbinders Pierced Delight Die D-Lite Die Set and inked through the die with Seedless Preserves Distress Ink. I cut the largest die in the same set out of Coconut White Card.

I assembled the card as shown, piercing around the edges with my Tim Holtz Ruler and adding a mat of Rich Plum Card.

I am really excited to announce that Phill Martin has asked me to join him on his next Craftathon in Nottingham on Sunday 30th August. When I spoke to Phill yesterday, half of the places had already gone so you need to book early if you'd like to join in the fun. Details below -

I did promise some pics from my holiday so here they are. I'll share the links as Kathryn posts on her blog or you can follow her blog at anytime here.

We stayed at a new hotel in Analipsi in Crete called Insula Alba Resort & Spa. Sounds very posh, doesn't it? Well, it was pretty posh and we were well chuffed when the coach dropped us off there just after midnight. However, the hotel has only been open 3 weeks (I think) and they are having some teething problems as you would expect - none of which actually ruined our holiday. Irritating - yes, but it supplied us with quite a few stories to tell!

Anyway, the view from our room  -

The rooms on the floor below were swim up rooms - an extra £500!

At night -

We could just about see the sea from our balcony -

The hotel from the beach opposite - the pool bar and pool. Our room was behind the block on the left.

Had to have a paddle in the sea on the first day!

On Saturday we went to Knossoss - where the Palace of Minos is and the myth of Theseus & the Minotaur comes from

Then on to Heraklion for lunch and a trip to the Museum to see the bits collected from the Palace.

On Monday we had an early start and caught the ferry to Santorini.






Kathryn wanted to swim in the 'hot spring' water next to the Volcano Island just a short boat ride from Santorini. The water wasn't clear and a bit yellow!

Kathryn's photos are much better than mine and she tooks loads so watch out for them on her blog soon!

Today is the final day of the launch of Sue's Festive Dies on her blog and the last day of 10% discount on the same dies on my website here. Remember to enter FESTIVE in the Coupon Code at checkout to receive your discount. Offer ends midnight today. Free postage on orders £20 or over (UK only).

Tracey Laughton is running something new at Creative Expressions HQ in Kettering. It's called Try it Tuesday and the first one is tomorrow. You can find out more by visiting the Creative Expressions Blog here from 8am today.

Finally, just a reminder that I have a workshop at Creative Expressions on Tuesday July 7th, Yardley Gobion near Milton Keynes on Saturday July 18th and at That's Really Crafty in Loughborough on Monday July 27th. Details are on the workshop page of this blog here.

Well, I think that's about all for now. Be sure to stop by later to see if you've won one of the Giveaway Cards.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.